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Canada Now Largest Supplier of Oil to US

Most of us don’t know that for the last 7 years, Canada has been the largest supplier of oil to the U.S.  But obtaining oil from Canada’s tar sands comes at a high price. Making liquid fuels from oil sands requires energy for steam injection and refining. This process generates two to four times the amount of gases per barrel of final product as the “production” of conventional oil.

Tar sands also take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world. And water depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination have become one of the most important issues facing humanity this century.

But tar sands development can be minimized by blocking development of pipelines, such as Keystone XL, that carry the sludge of this incredibly polluting energy project.  Today, the Senate passed a bill that requires a 60-day, expedited decision-making process for the pipeline in return for a payroll tax cut, and the President has said he will sign it.

President Obama came into office promising to “end the tyranny of oil.”  He now needs to convey two months is not enough time to review the pipleline, which is a threat to our climate, our communities and the creation of a new clean energy economy.

You can contact the White House by email and ask Obama to relay the following message, crafted by Bill McKibben of

“Two months is not long enough to review the pipeline. The Canadians themselves have just delayed review of their tar sands pipelines over safety concerns, and we’ve just come through a year that set a record for billion-dollar climate-related disasters; I’m not going to do a rush job just to please the oil industry lobbyists. So this pipeline is dead.”

Thanks so much for all you do for generations to come,


Pam and Lan Richart
Eco-Justice Collaborative

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